MOSSLEY head to bottom club Market Drayton Town on Saturday (Sept 25) with the summit in sight in the Northern Premier League’s west division.
The Lilywhites are third in the table with six wins and one loss from their seven league games.
And if Mossley win their two games in hand on Workington and Clitheroe, the two teams above them in the table, they would go top.
“It has been a very good start and we have lost only twice in 11 games including cup ties,” explained manager David Fish.
Mossley were beaten 2-1 at home by Radcliffe Borough – a team one division higher in the pyramid – on Saturday in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.
The Lilywhites gave a creditable display, especially bearing in mind the key players in the stand.
Strikers Antony Brown, Connor Morris and Kyle Hawley were injured as was midfielder and captain Andy Keogh while winger Levi Phillips was cup tied and defender Ben Richardson ill.
Fish said: “We were 1-0 ahead at half time but, in fairness, Radcliffe were miles better than us in the second half.
“In saying that, we had a couple of late chances to force a replay and a draw would have probably been a far result.
“Had one of our number nines been available, however, it might have been a different story.”
Fish added that the injuries, which he attributes to playing two matches a week after hardly playing for 18 months because of Covid-19, vindicated his decision to go with a squad of 24 players.
He said: “I was thinking at one stage of having 18 or 19 players but am glad I went big.
“We had so many players out that we could only field six of our permitted seven substitutes on Saturday.”
Once everybody is fit, Fish anticipates a challenge keeping everybody happy and acknowledges he will have to streamline his squad to releasing some players and allowing others to join other clubs on dual forms.
And the squad is likely to become bigger this week with Fish set to sign another player.
The Mossley manager revealed he has put in seven days’ note to approach a player.
“He is an attacking player who can play wide. If we sign him, it will be an exciting addition to our squad,” said Fish.
Another positive on Saturday was the size of the crowd at Emmaus Mossley Seel Park, a season’s best 736 with both sets of fans behaving impeccably.
With the season now in its second month, Fish believes it has the makings of an open division.
Fish said: “The fancied teams like Workington, Ramsbottom, Marine, Warrington Rylands and Runcorn Linnet are all up there.
“From what I have seen so far, I would like to think we can be in that mix. My ambition was to be around the play-off places, and I think that is realistic from what I have seen.”